How to print and copy

How do I print and copy in the library?

Use your PaperCut account for printing and copycards for copying in the library. Learn more below.

PaperCut: adding funds to your account and how to print

Prints are paid for through your PaperCut account, which is a Netlink-ID based printing system.

The charge for printing is $0.12 cents per side for black and white prints, and $0.40 cents per side for colour prints (black and white print jobs sent to the colour printer will still cost $0.40 cents per side). Payment is deducted from your account when your release your print job from the print release station.

Add funds to your PaperCut account at any of the Libraries' Loan Desks or any Student Computing Facility location. Use Visa or MasterCard to add funds online by logging in to your PaperCut account with your Netlink ID and password and select the "Add Funds to Your Account" link.

How to print

1. Select File, then Print
2. Select the black & white or the colour printer (black & white is the default).
3. Printers default to the double-sided (duplex). You may change the duplex setting to single-sided as required. To print single-sided:
  • Once the Print Dialgoue box appears, click on the Properties box.
  • On the Paper/Output Tab, under the 2-sided printing section, select 1-sided print.
  • Click OK to apply the 1-sided setting.

4. Click OK in print dialogue box to send print job to printer.
5. Your document will be sent to the printing queue with your Netlink ID as the name for the print job.

At any of the print release stations, logon to your PaperCut account with your Netlink ID and password and release the your print job.

Print jobs will be available for printing at the print station for two hours only. After that, they're automatically deleted from the print queue and cannot be retrieved.

PaperCut: transfer funds to a friend

The PaperCut funds transfer feature lets you transfer funds from your printing account to another person's PaperCut account.

Log in to your PaperCut account with your Netlink ID and password and select Transfers.

Ensure you are transferring the correct amount and are transferring to the correct Netlink ID. If you make a mistake, please let library or computing facilities staff know immediately.

Student Computing Facilities and UVic Libraries are not responsible for errors in user transfers. Mistakes cannot be corrected if the funds have been used before the mistake is reported.

PaperCut: refund policy

  • No refunds will be given for unspent balance on any PaperCut account
  • Refunds for print jobs will only be granted for the following reasons and are at the discretion of library staff:
  1. Fading or streaked printer toner.
  2. Paper jams where printer does not automatically reprint the job.
  3. Printer has to be powered down to fix an error and print job does not print upon powering back up.
  4. Formatting issues where staff have assisted.
  • Upon graduation there will be a one-year grace period for using up any Netlink ID printing account balance.
  • Twelve (12) months after graduation or eighteen (18) months of inactivity the NetLink ID printing account will be deleted.  This deletion process will be done at the end of each term (April, August, and December).

You are encouraged to spend your balance or transfer your balance to another person (see staff for assistance) within a year after graduation.


To use the Libraries photocopiers and microform reader-printers, you'll need to buy a copycard. These cards are reusable and have no expiry date.

Copycards are available at the McPherson Library and Priestly Law Library loan desks. Value can be added to copycards in one dollar denominations from $1 to $50. Any value remaining on the copycard is not refundable.

To care for your copycard:

  • Do not bend, scratch or write on the card.
  • Do not try to pull the card out of the card reader.
  • Keep the card away from heat and magnetic fields.

Please return empty cards to the Main Loan desk for proper recycling.

Wireless printing from personal laptops

All files, instructions and help for setting up wireless printing for most Windows and Mac operating systems are available online from UVic Systems Printing and Duplicating.

Once set-up is completed, you should have:

1. A wireless connection (get instructions)

2. The PaperCut Client installed

3. And Library printer(s) added to your laptop


Black & White:




Music & Media Colour & BW:


Curriculum Library:

Black & White:




Law Library:

Black & White:




  • Only users with a valid NetLink ID who are current students, faculty or staff members can have wireless printing configured to their personal laptops.
  • Wireless printing can be configured to laptops running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Macs running OS X 10.5 and later versions.
  • Currently, wireless printing cannot be configured to smart phones, tablets, and some older operating systems.
  • Your document will be printed once you release your print job from one of the print release stations.


When printing or copying, the provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act (R.S.C. 1985, c.C-42) and the Access Copyright License must be observed. The relevant restrictions are displayed prominently at each printer and photocopier.